By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders.
Most of the times when I do a DVD review I follow a certain order:
I get the DVD, slap it into the DVD/HD DVD player, and end up watching the film while working. Once the feature is complete (or near it), I begin to browse the extras to discover what is so special. Once complete, the DVD moves on to my growing collection of DVDs on the rack.
Stardust is one of those few exceptions. I have watched the film a few times on both formats -- DVD and HD DVD -- and stick to my claim that the film is our generation's Princess Bride.
DVD Review: Stardust
I'll begin with my only complaint. Besides the improved clarity, which is great, there are few gains of having the HD DVD over the DVD. Clarity is important, so HD DVD is still a major step up.
Both formats come with your standard collection of deleted scenes, a blooper reel, and a Making Of. They're good, but the biggest catch here is the film itself.
Stardust is a perfectly fun film for every kind of moviegoer. I greatly enjoyed it in theaters, and have repeatedly enjoyed it at home. Need the perfect date movie? This is it.
Even if you are not one for fun fantasy, De Niro's character alone makes it worth owning.